synchronous converter


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synchronous converter

[′siŋ·krə·nəs kən′vərd·ər]
(electricity)
A converter in which motor and generator windings are combined on one armature and excited by one magnetic field; normally used to change alternating to direct current. Also known as converter; electric converter.

Synchronous converter

A synchronous machine used to convert alternating current (ac) to direct current (dc), or vice versa. The ac-to-dc converter has been superseded by the mercury arc rectifier (for reasons of efficiency, lower maintenance costs, and less trouble) or by motor-generator sets. Converters are no longer manufactured, but there are converters still in use. See Direct-current generator, Synchronous motor

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